Your thoughts on the shooting on Parliament hill

Our society is based on fundamental legal principles. One of those principles is that a victim can not make justice for itself.

We, MPs in the House of Commons, have been the victim of an attempted murder by what appears increasingly to be an isolated act of someone with psychological distress. We as MPs have the power to change laws. I firmly believe that in the case before us, we must make an extra effort to keep a cool head and have the interests of citizens at the center of our concerns. We must not upset the delicate balance between security and individual rights without a real social debate. We need to reflect on the tragedy that has occurred and avoid the temptation to drift to a paranoid security obsession.

We must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.

Tell me what you think about the events and what should come next:


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  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • I agree with you, “must not give in to fear. We should not act on the heat of the moment without a thorough reflexion and debate.”
  • yes we reflect on the tragedy, we must let cool heads prevail, we can not rush into making laws because of what happen. Yes it would be so easy to have good citizens rights taken away. We must have time to make good laws that protect everyone no matter who they are.
  • Looks as if PM Harper is taking lessons from Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”. With their shrieks about “terrorism”, politicians, the security apparatus, and the media are deliberately whipping up hysteria. Their agenda is clear: demonize the terrorist group-of-the-week; create suspicion among neighbours; and heighten the paranoia. The NDP must not cave in to Harper’s security-state agenda. Who is the real threat to our democratic institutions? Citizens need to stand on guard for Canada.
  • Obvious deficiencies in security ,especially at Parliament Hill, should be corrected. Obvious territorial attitudes in regards to information should be corrected (between all police and security agencies ) with one manager/group in place to review interagency lack of communication, with the authority to investigate such inaction and take punitive action against those individual including up to cabinet ministers. Any other changes to laws must be reviewed on a monthly/bimonthly basis to either improve those laws or correct identified deficiencies.
  • What these events show is that we need to invest more in the mental health field. We need to become a more compassionate society, less fixated on “fixing” our problems through violence and more on understanding each other, tolerating differences and intervening to help people who are struggling. Just putting more cops or spies on the street misses the point. It just creates a more fearful climate for all, and that is not what we should be doing.
  • The shooting was horrid, however, I believe (and I have told them so), that the blood is, on the PM’so hands. He has to get over acting like an imitation George Bush!
  • I agree with your approach and I believe we need significantly more resources directed to mental health support services.
  • Only the poorest decisions are made in haste. Let us not overreact to these recent and troubling events In any way that would curtail our own liberties. It’s about balance.
  • I believe, as well, that although the event last week was shocking (I work in the closest public school to Parliament Hill), that to react solely from that position is neither wise nor sustainable. I fear that P.M. Harper will use this action to gain momentum for an agenda that at its heart has little to do with that day or its consequence.


    I do believe that we need to work against possible racial tensions and provide more viable alternatives to disenfranchised people and intensify attention paid to the mental health system. I believe we need to closely scrutinize our military actions and re-establish our reputation as peace keepers rather than aggressors.


    I strongly feel that we should proceed with debate and thought and not over-react to this event.
  • Yes, I agree completely. Nothing would be worse than for MPs to try to exploit last week’s tragedies for partisan or ideological purposes.
  • I must admit, I was shocked and horrified – no more than yourselves, that someone would attempt to shoot anyone in our parliament buildings. My thoughts are…how did they get past. (I have watched the video so this is not a literal questions) Do we need gates to slow a perpetrator down? The beauty and history of the building should not be destroyed however… the safety of the workers in their workplace must be at the forefront. I can only assume, as is in our education system that there are “training sessions/drills” for all workers in the building for hold and secure or lock down, if not there should be. I am sure there will be the suggestion to have an “emergency kit” as we would have travelling in our cars (food, water, candles, etc.) in each room for such emergencies. Also, security camera’s should transport into monitors for security guard locations at entrances to the building to monitor activities “around” the building and on the grounds, so doors could be shut and secured if there are noticeable concerns on the grounds anywhere. Once again I can only assume maybe this is already in place.

    Of course we don’t want to instill fear, but those representing the “business” of our country or standing guard for our freedoms should have every precaution in place to secure their safety as well. We should never take lightly our freedoms and the dedication of the people that put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

    The world is changing and we will have to put extra measures in place to change how we do business as well. We cannot turn a blind eye to what happened assuming it could never happen again, that would be foolish.
  • I think we have wayyyyy too many rights in this country. So many that they actually put our way of life and our lives in danger.
  • I agree – we should not pass draconian laws out of fear. We have sufficient laws in place, we need to offer the necessary resources to law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.
  • I think the actions against our armed forces here in Canada were terrible but expected. We have been expecting retaliation for our part in the Middle East. We should not have a knee jerk reaction to these attacks. We need a plan for future attacks so that the responding forces don’t fall over each other to help. Let’s make Canada stronger and more effective for the future while observing the rights we have enjoyed in the past. We do not have to be paranoid and walk in fear if we LET the organizations that are there to defend us DO their job. We have paid the price of being Peacekeepers and will at times come under attack but we are resilient and determined to do the right things. We do not have to become a 1984 style of mass control with Big Brother looking over our shoulder or Stalin type knocks on our doors. Take our Action Plan money and get our troops and police some tools they can use.
  • I do not want the NDP to support the Harper government’s ideologically based proposal to limit our freedoms, which was to be tabled prior to the 2 shootings, under any circumstances. I do support allocating funding for implementing a national mental health strategy, working closely with the Islamic community to ensure the safety of their communities and other Canadians, recall our “advisors” and CF 18’s from combat zones and instead deploy peacekeepers to work with the local populations to build and open schools, provide food and shelter. In addition, the NDP should be agitating to open the door to significant numbers of refugees from Syria, Palestine and other Middle East countries. By physically embracing Harper, Mr. Mulcair sent the wrong message in response to the shootings. Harper is an ideologue only too eager to turn the 2 shootings into an excuse to whip up harmful, uni-dimensional, knee jerk jingoistic and xenophobic responses. He is turning Canadians into unthinking war mongers with no nuanced responses to violence and the NDP should not be seen as supporting that to any extent.
  • We need to calm down and take a deep breath. I think we should stop news stories about mentally unstable people leaving Canada to join up with terrorist groups. It promotes it, in my mind.
  • I strongly agree. We, Canadians, need to understand what happened (facts, not assumptions or speculations), prior to any drastic changes that would significantly affect civil rights and liberties. Thank you
  • I believe the shooting in Ottawa and the previous incident in Quebec are both sad and tragic. However I feel they are isolated cases and should not instil fear in our people. Our freedoms are something to cherish. We do not need to become a police state. There is a lot of fear mongering going on. But we need to remember that Canada is a safe and free country to live and travel in. We can not let isolated cases dictate our principles. If we do cave in to paranoia, we have lost our fight to preserve freedom and democracy.
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    In addition to this particular piece, I would also say that this is a total knee jerk reaction, as a matter of fact it may be that we require better care for people suffering from mental illness or better treatment programs for the addicted.


    It is certainly a sad day for Canadians when Crime Minister Harper can hold an entire countries police for hostage with the simple threat of cutbacks or withholding funds if they do not support his particular agenda, we have seen this time and time again with Crime Minister Harper and his Consvative Minions, the CBC, Health Canada, the Scientists, the list goes on and on. This is not about protecting Canada and Canadians, I’m pretty sure we already have the laws for that, no this is about here read this and you will soon understand where Mr. Harper is headed, just ask the CBC http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/3507238/Social-services-set-up-CCTV-camera-in-couples-bedroom.html
  • The events of last week, although sad, should in no way be used to increase the security state. To use these tragedies to further policies that are repressive in nature and only benefit the few is the height of cynicism.
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